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Month: February 2015

Georgia Baker Blog: 2015 Tour of New Zealand

The High5 Dream Team had a successful campaign at the Women’s Tour of New Zealand. The team competing consisted of Tessa Fabry, Jessica Mundy, Ellen Skerrit and myself. We also had the privilege of Kim Palmer (DS) and Ray Hunter (Mechanic) looking after us for the week. The Tour consisted of 5 stages, 4 road races and 1 Teams Time -Trial. One of my roles in the team was to strongly contribute and lead the team in the TTT. I tried my hardest but unfortunately I had been unwell the night before and day of the race. I was unable to contribute as...

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Tessa Fabry Blog: Stage 5 Women's Tour of NZ

  It was largely predicted before the race that the general classification would be settled by Stage 4 of the tour, and although this prediction ended up being correct,  any riders expecting stage 5 to be anything like a Sunday bunch ride were in for a rude awakening. From the moment the lead car peeled away from the bunch to signal the start of the 122km road race, the attacks started coming, and they did not stop. For the final stage, the High5 Dream Team had the job of defending the young rider jersey for Ellen and also wanted to take opportunities in hope of getting a result on the stage. This meant that we had to be on high alert, and make sure none of the other top young riders escaped, and we also wanted to make sure we were represented if any dangerous breaks got up the road. With riders launching themselves off the front from kilometre zero, we had to all work hard to make sure we didn’t miss anything. Despite constant attacks throughout the first part of the race, nothing really got away. Coming up to the first QOM, team USA set a rather uncomfortable pace for everyone’s tired legs, and as we went over the hill, the bunch was reduced to around 20 riders, including Ellen and myself. The attacks continued over the top of...

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Tessa Fabry Blog: Women's Tour of New Zealand Stage 4

Stage 4 was always tipped to be a stage for the climbers, with a hilltop finish on Admiral Hill, and another hard 7km climb at the halfway mark… However, it was the crosswinds that did the damage early in the race. At around 20km in, the bunch was strung out single file in the gutter, and within minutes a break was up the road. The High5 team were well represented, with Georgia and Ellen in the break and with the GC contenders still in the bunch, we were happy to watch it sliy. The break got out to around...

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Blog Tessa Fabry: Tour of New Zealand

The Womens Tour of New Zealand kicked of with a  pancake flat, but technical team time trial through the streets of Masterdon. The High5 dream team got off to a solid start, finishing in 6th place 1:30 behind the winners, team USA. The race contained a few unexpected variables, one of which was having to dodge a schoolboy on a scooter attempting to cross the road in front of us. Luckily, the terrifying sight and sound of four screaming and shouting women travelling at 45kmh towards him was enough to stop him in his tracks. Stage 2 was a...

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Blog Ellen Skerritt: a bit of bad luck …

I was out in the Toowoomba-region last weekend not to visit old relatives but for a much different reason… The Oceania Road Championships were held over two days of racing; with only a small field present it was quality riders rather than quantity. After a day of settling into country life, time seemed to have slowed down and I was eager to get the racing underway. Friday presented a grueling 25km ITT on the worst roads the organizers could find. An Individual Time Trial is always a good indicator of how your form is and I was interested to...

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